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Fields, among the lawyers and estate agents of London. Had he caused it to be buried a hundred feet deeper, it might have escaped its stormy transport around the Bay of Biscay.
I looked up at ceilings painted sky-blue and dotted with multitudes of stars, and at thick roofs broken here and there by time, to admit precise oblongs of sky. Nowhere in the world does the sky turn to such an intense blue as in Egypt, I reflected again. I entered a dusty corridor and studied the famous Tablet of Abydos, that hieroglyph list of all the kings of Egypt down to Seti's time which has helped archaeologists to fix their knowledge of the country's history. There was Seti himself, together with his young son Rameses, depicted in the act of offering homage to their seventy-six ancestors. The Pharaoh's royal head, strong features, and proud stiff bearing show well in profile. As my feet trod the fine soft sand which covered the temple floor in places, I studied other wall-reliefs, pictures bordered by royal cartouches or by straight lines of beautiful hieroglyph inscriptions cut deep into the stone.
There was hawk-headed, man-bodied Horns, sitting with erect back on a raised cubical throne, and holding in both hands the threefold sceptre of Egypt—the Flail Whip, the Shepherd's Crook and the Anubis Staff. Three symbolical tokens of true rulership. The whip showed mastery of the body, the crook indicated control of the feelings and the jackal-headed staff mastery of thought. The solid cube throne indicated this complete mastery of the earthly nature. Its squareness was a sign that the initiate should always act "on the square"; from which the modern Freemasonic phrase 'for honourable conduct" arose; Freemasonry has an ancestry more long-trailed than most Masons think. "O, square thyself for use; a stone that may fit in the wall is not left in the ways," runs a very old Persian inscription, of Masonic interest. Along the base of the throne there ran a line of handled crosses, the celebrated "key to the Mysteries" of the Egyptians and other races, symbols of life to the Egyptologist; but, in a deeper reading, symbols of initiation into the undying higher life of the spirit.
The great aim set before the Egyptian initiates was Self-control. Hence we see the calm, imperturbable expression on the faces so often figured in portraits. Before Horus stood his devotee; the King who, with outstretched hands, sacrificially poured water on blooming lotuses standing in pots. The lotus